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Hillside UNESCO World heritage site with around 4500 terraced colorful salt pools to harvest salt.
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Interesting stop in Sacred Valley, Salt has been mined here since pre-incan times. There are about 5000 mining ponds. The salty water flows underground and channeled to the individual ponds.
Getting there is little difficult,once you are there however it’s easy walk to get to the viewpoint.
Amazing terraced, colorful ponds in different colors like pink, orange, brown and white. Salt water spring channels into the ponds with tiny inlets and outlets. Water evaporates leaving behind crystallized salt.
The road to get there is a dirt road. If you take a taxi , keep in mind that they wont wait for you there as it takes an hour or so to hike there and get back.
Visitors are not allowed to enter the salt pool. You can just look at them from the viewpoint.